British Sign Language Level Two
This qualification is designed to build on the vocabulary and grammar features that were introduced during the Level 1 course. This course will enable students to develop their ability to communicate using BSL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in longer and more open-ended exchanges than at Level 1. The course will develop functional communication in BSL about a range of real life, routine and daily experiences, expressed through simple sentence structures and set phrases. The learner will learn to deal with most routine language tasks and have a sufficient grasp of grammar to cope with some non-routine tasks.
Learners must have undertaken, and ideally passed, the Level 1 certificate before undertaking Level 2. You may be asked to provide evidence of your qualification, such as your Level 1 certificate. If you are awaiting Level 1 results or a resit date please contact us to discuss your situation with us as we are often able to accommodate learners on a Level 2 course in the meantime.
Units BSL 201 and BSL 202 are taught concurrently to develop learner’s productive and receptive skills simultaneously, followed by BSL 203 which focuses on further development of conversational skills. Each unit is assessed separately and candidates must complete all three units to achieve the full qualification.
- BSL 201 – Receptive BSL
This unit focuses on understanding what is said when people sign to you. This includes conversational skills but will also develop a learner’s ability to understand longer chunks of information, usually in the form of a narrative. This unit includes appropriate conversational responses such as how to show interest and requesting clarification when a message is not understood. This unit has a practical assessment at the end of the course: the tutor provides a signed clip which learners watch twice before answering multiple choice questions. The assessment is sent off for external verification.
- BSL 202 – Productive BSL
This unit focuses on the learner’s ability to accurately and fluidly produce sign language both in conversation and in longer narratives. It will increase your sign vocabulary and develop your understanding and usage of BSL grammar. It enables learners to demonstrate their use of routine language in everyday situations expressed through simple sentence structures and set phrases, in the form of conversations and narratives. At the end of the course learners give a presentation (under 5 minutes) to the tutor, this presentation is also recorded. The video is sent off for external assessment.
- BSL 203 – Conversational Skills
This unit makes use of the vocabulary and language skills developed throughout the course. It allows learners to demonstrate that they can hold a routine conversation by producing and receiving sign language. The focus is on natural conversation, including appropriate ways to initiate a conversation with a deaf person, turn-taking, relevant subject matter and closing a conversation. This unit is assessed through a short conversation with the course tutor, which is recorded and sent for external assessment.
- Home study
During the course the tutor will ask learners to undertake some work at home between classes. To get the most out of your course it is recommended that time is set aside to undertake these home study tasks as they will help to reinforce your class based learning and link to the following week’s teaching.
In addition, we recommend that students take every opportunity to practice signing outside of the classroom. The best way to develop BSL skills is to engage with deaf sign language users, however, there are many other ways to practice. Your tutor will guide you to other resources. Students that take time outside of class to build on what has been taught will, inevitably, get a lot more from the course and find that their language skills develop quicker than those that don’t.
Following on from Level 2, the next qualification is Level 3. This is a professional qualification aimed at those who work with, or plan to work with, deaf sign language users.
- Class information
The level 2 is taught on a weekday evening from for 90 hours over 36 weeks. The classes take place in each of our city centre venues in Worcester, Hereford and Oxford. The full fee is £640 inclusive of tuition, learning materials and assessment fees for the 3 units which make up this qualification. Payment by instalments, and a concessionary charge are available. Please see the course information pack for full details.